Edson Arantes do Nascimento, professionally known as Pelé was a Brazilian footballer, who played as a forward or as an attacking midfielder on the football pitch and preferred his right foot. He’s a legendary footballer who almost averages at least one goal per game. According to records, he has scored 775 goals in 840 games while averaging 0.84 average of goals.
Pelé became a superstar with his performance in the 1958 World Cup. He is widely considered to be the best football player of his time and of all times. He also has a massive fan following and respect in the world of Soccer. Named FIFA co-Player of the Century in 1999, he was a global ambassador for soccer and other humanitarian causes…‘Read full article’
This article is all about the exciting details about Pelé; his biography, real name, age, country, education, career, family, relationship, children and social media.
Pelé, born October 23, 1940, in Três Corações, Brazil, is the first child of João Ramos and Dona Celeste. Named after Thomas Edison and nicknamed “Dico,” Pelé moved with his family to the city of Bauru as a young boy.
Pelé grew up in poverty and still developed a rudimentary talent for soccer by kicking a rolled-up sock stuffed with rags around the streets of Bauru. The origin of the “Pelé” nickname is unclear, though he recalled despising it when his friends first referred to him that way.
As a teenager, Pelé joined a youth squad coached by Waldemar de Brito, a former member of the Brazilian national soccer team, who convinced Pelé’s family to let the budding phenom leave home and try out for the Santos professional soccer club when he was 15.
In 1956, however, he joined the Santos Football Club, which, with Pelé at inside left forward, won nine São Paulo league championships and, in 1962 and 1963, both the Libertadores Cup and the Intercontinental Club Cup. He was later selected to play for the Brazilian national football team as he led the goal scoring charts in the league.
The legendary footballer is also a humanitarian who runs a foundation to support children dealing with poverty. He is a Catholic and he also donated a signed jersey to Pope Francis. Pelé’s political involvement has cost him public trolling and investigations from the government. Thus, he tries to abstain from speaking about anything or participating in the political shenanigans of his nation.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento a.k.a Pelé was born on 23 October 1940, in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil. His father, Dondinho or João Ramos do Nascimento was a Fluminense footballer who mentored and coached him all along in his early days. He was married to Celeste Arantes, who along with Pele gave birth to two other kids. The couple named him after Thomas Edison. He was also nicknamed “Dico”.
The origin of the name, “Pelé” for Edison was a mistakable one and has no meaning, when he, as a young kid, misspoke the name of his favourite goalkeeper, Bilé. As per Hebrew, Pelé means miracle, which the footballer eventually turned out to be.
Even though his father was a footballer, poverty struck them and Pele had to grow up facing financial limitations. He could not afford a football in his early days and tried creating affordable substitutes for it. He practised with them. He also played indoor football. According to him, the game was much more complicated than actual football because the indoor conditions demanded a higher level of pace and quick action.
Due to his unique skills, he also played for multiple clubs and teams, such as Sete de Setembro, Canto do Rio, São Paulinho, Amériquinha, and Bauru Athletic, on a very basic level. He played in two São Paulo state youth championships. Indoor Football had a higher amount of confidence in Pelé which further contributed to fuel his journey.
At the very age of 17 years, Pelé was picked up by the national Football team of his nation, Brazil and he played with them in FIFA World Cup 1958. The hardcore footballer scored a hat-trick there in the semi-final against France and two goals in the championship match against Sweden. He was the youngest player ever to participate in a World Cup. He was also recognised for his exceptional performance which also received incredible appreciation from enthusiasts and associates of Football, all over the globe.
After his First FIFA World Cup, he was named the National Treasure of Brazil, officially by the Government. Pelé was such a huge deal in terms of Football, that when he travelled to Nigeria to play there amidst a Civil War, there was a ceasefire for 48 hours. He was highly influential for people all around the globe.
In 1956, Pele was also picked up by the Santos Football Club and was positioned at the inside left forward, where he won nine São Paulo league championships with the team. Santos FC was highly satisfied with his inclusion as he was really an addition of a lot of value to the team. He also contributed to the team with his stellar performances in the years, 1962 and 1963, that helped them win the Libertadores and the Intercontinental Club Cups.
According to records, he scored 643 goals for the club which happened to be the most for a Football Club until Lionel Messi broke his record in 2020. He also played along Zito, Pepe, and other legendary players at Santos and his playing ability was highly crucial to the FC. He could not only hit the ball with extreme power and accuracy but also rightly judge the moves and tricks of the opposition players. His inclusion in the club highly benefitted them.
In 1974, Pelé announced his retirement from club football and occasionally played for Santos. But soon, he was picked by the New York Cosmos in 1975. Even though he participated in friendly matches mostly and was not at his prime but the legacy and craze brought in many players for them, such as Giorgio Chinaglia, Carlos Alberto, and more. The stadiums were filled out of craze for Pelé. He led the cosmos until the exhibition match between Santos and Cosmos in 1977 where the Stadium was jam-packed and many celebrities and his close ones came in to witness him play for the last time.
Pelé was an asset to the Brazil team as when he played the match they managed to register 67 victories, 14 draws and only 11 losses. He made such an unbreakable strength for Brazil that they never lost a match when both the players were on the field.
Awards, Achievements and Death
Pelé was awarded the International Peace Award for his work in 1978 with UNICEF. In 1980 he was named Athlete of the Century by the French sports publication L’Equipe, and he received the same honour in 1999 from the International Olympic Committee.
In 2014 the Pelé Museum opened in Santos, Brazil. In addition to his accomplishments in sports, he published several best-selling autobiographies and starred in several successful documentary and semi-documentary films. He also composed numerous musical pieces, including the soundtrack for the film Pelé (1977).
He also served as Brazil’s Extraordinary Minister for Sport and a United Nations ambassador for ecology and the environment. Pelé was also named FIFA’s “Co-Player of the Century” in 1999, along with Argentine Diego Maradona. To many, his accomplishments on the soccer field will never be equaled, and virtually all great athletes in the sport are measured against the Brazilian who once made the world stop to watch his transcendent play.
Pelé died on December 29, 2022 in São Paulo, Brazil. He was 82 years old.
Pelé has had a tortuous personal life where he had been married thrice and has had a lot of relationships. He has fathered 7 children. His dating and married life have always been the centre of media attention. In 1966, he got married to Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi with whom he had two daughters named Kelly and Jennifer, and a son Edinho. The couple got divorced in 1982.
According to reports, in 1981, he allegedly dated TV presenter Xuxa. The news was not confirmed by any of them but it did benefit the career of the latter. In 1994, he also got married to a famous psychologist and gospel singer, Assíria Lemos Seixas.
His marriage with Assiria took fertility treatments and they had twins named Joshua and Celeste in 1996. However, they divorced in 2008. Two years later at the age of 70, he started dating 39 years old lady identified as Marcia Aoki. However, it actually took them 6 years for them to get married. They later exchanged vows in 2016.
Pelé has fathered three children out of wedlock. He has had affairs and one of them faced a lot of attention from the public as there was a trial involved. In 1968, Pelé also had an extramarital affair with a journalist identified as Lenita Kurtz. She birthed a daughter named Flávia.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento a.k.a Pelé. is known as a legend who has contributed highly towards the journey of football in Brazil. The footballer is well followed on all social media handles where he posts about his personal life, the early days of his career, opinions, and achievements.
Nearly 2.8 Million follow him on Twitter, 9.5 Million on Facebook, and 14.9 Million on Instagram.
- Twitter Handle: @Pele
- Facebook Page: Pelé
- Instagram Account: @Pele
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